BFW High School Publishers Accessibility

BFW High School Publishers strives to create products that are usable by all learners and meet universally applied accessibility standards.

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Commitment to Accessibility

BFW High School Publishers is committed to the goal of providing equal access to all products regardless of an individual’s age, ability, or situation and embraces the opportunity to develop services and information technologies that are accessible and usable by all individuals. Accessibility at BFW High School Publishers is about extending the power of education to all users. In addition to addressing product compatibility with assistive technologies such as screen reader software, alternative keyboard devices, and voice recognition products, we are working to ensure that the content and platforms we provide are fully accessible.

By partnering with the best and the brightest authors in their respective fields, BFW High School Publishers strives to improve the world by moving beyond conventional educational concepts and empowering all instructors and students to explore coursework in new, innovative, and creative ways that will enable better outcomes for students and institutions.

E-books: BFW High School Publishers produces e-books in EPUB3 format. Our e-books include accessibility metadata, short and long alt text, clear structure and organization, and a variety of navigation methods including page navigation. We are proud that starting in 2019, our e-books are Global Certified Accessible by Benetech.

Lecture Slides: Our slides have been formatted with accessibility in mind. They are easy to navigate, have sufficient color contrast, and include alt text when necessary.

Videos: We provide closed captioning in an accessible player for our videos. Starting in 2019, we will begin introducing audio description to our video programs.

Simulations: We actively work with accessibility experts to ensure the best experience for all users. Many of our interactive simulations provide a rich, enhanced learning experience for all students.

Accessibility at BFW High School Publishers is measured using guidelines set forth by 29 U.S.C. 794d (more commonly known as Section 508), as well as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (more commonly known as WCAG 2.1 AA).

Commitment to Support

WebAIM identifies the major categories of people with disabilities as:

Visual: Blindness, low vision, color-blindness

Hearing: Deafness and hard-of-hearing

Motor: Inability to use a mouse and/or other peripherals, slow response time, limited fine motor control

Cognitive: Learning disabilities, distractibility, inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information

Upon request, with no additional cost, BFW High School Publishers will provide accessible materials such as instructor and student resources (e.g., lecture slides, quizzes, PDFs, etc.), and eBooks (or alternate book formats) to Accessibility/Disability Support Services offices for qualified instructors and students with disabilities and for instructors supporting students with disabilities.

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To obtain accessible materials, please review our accessibility partners’ sites and/or visit the support site:

BookShare

An Accessibility Partner

BFW High School Publishers is also proud to partner with Bookshare. Bookshare serves users around the world and ensures that content is available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers. Bookshare makes its services available, free of charge, to all qualifying students in the United States through an award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare members may download BFW High School Publishers textbooks in a compressed, encrypted file and can then read the material using adaptive technology or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays.

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Support Community

BFW High School Publishers

If you are unable to find the accessible materials you need from our partners, please click the button below to continue to our Instructor Support Community. For accessibility requests and questions, please select ‘Accessibility’ under the ‘Topic’ drop down after making a selection under ‘I am currently using’.

Contact Request Form

Commitment to Change

At BFW High School Publishers, accessibility is paramount. We are currently updating legacy content/materials while simultaneously implementing appropriate internal organizational changes to ensure that future products conform to the WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines.

Our commitment to accessibility extends farther than just within BFW High School Publishers. Our staff are actively engaged in industry organizations such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) to stay up-to-date on developing accessibility standards and to promote accessibility throughout our industry.

In 2018, we formed an Accessibility Advisory Board where we discuss and problem solve accessibility issues that universities and students are experiencing on a daily basis. This advisory board has participants from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Queensborough Community College CUNY, College of New Rochelle, Rutgers University, Chattanooga State Community College, University of Colorado, California State University Northridge, Hofstra University, and Redford University.

In addition to working as quickly as possible to make our products and services accessible, we maintain a dedicated e-mail address (webaccessibility@macmillan.com) to receive input on any accessibility issues. BFW High School Publishers also supports and participates in national and international disability-focused initiatives as well as cultivates relationships with developers of assistive technology software, which is essential to evolving our product compatibility.

Commitment to Our Community

As a member of the international accessibility community, BFW High School Publishers was honored to benefit from the knowledge and research of many skilled subject matter experts. There is a wealth of material available for learning about the creation of accessible products and Macmillan is enthusiastic about contributing to that open source library of materials in hopes that we can help others in their accessibility journey in the same way. In partnership with Tech For All, we have developed the following Guidelines and Checklists for creating accessible materials.

If you have any feedback about these resources or suggestions about future resources, please reach out to us at webaccessibility@macmillan.com.